AED Launches 'Idea:Exchange' June 17 to Promote Dialogue on Social Issues

Jun 09, 2010, 15:21 ET from Academy for Educational Development

--Forum opens with a photo exhibit showcasing work of youth from around the world--

--Photos by D.C. youth document reasons for leaving and returning to school--

WASHINGTON, June 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Idea:Exchange, AED's new space dedicated to dialogue, is an effort to explore how the exchange of ideas can create the foundations for powerful social change. The forum aims to stimulate and promote open, deliberative discussions on social and development issues.

AED will inaugurate Idea:Exchange with a thought-provoking photo exhibit titled The Way We See It: Young Photographers Examine, Define and Change Their World, which includes work from AED, Critical Exposure and Josh Schachter. The exhibit showcases photos taken by children and youth from D.C. and around the world who used the art of photography to reveal their lives, speak out about social issues, and advocate for better public policies.

One collection in the exhibit was shot by D.C. students as an expression of their reasons for leaving and ultimately returning to school. In another, youth in Mali, West Africa recorded their village life. And photos taken by refugee and immigrant youth in Tucson, Arizona highlight critical social issues in their lives and communities. The exhibit will be open Wednesdays through Fridays, June 18 through September 3, from 2-7PM.

A lecture series on the exhibit will take place at the AED Globe Theater from June 22 through July 31. The first lecture, on June 22 from 5:30-7:30PM, will be a conversation with the three exhibitors, and will offer a behind the scenes look at The Way We See It.

Media are invited to attend the opening reception June 17.

WHO: AED and youth photographers

WHAT: Opening celebration of Idea:Exchange and viewing of The Way We See It photography exhibit. Refreshments will be served.

WHEN: Thursday, June 17, 5:00 PM- 8:00PM

WHERE: Corner of Connecticut Avenue and T Street

1875 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20009

RSVP: Please RSVP to Arielle Fleisher,

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AED is a nonprofit organization working globally to create enduring solutions to critical problems in health, education, social and economic development.  Collaborating with partners throughout the world, AED develops and implements ideas that change lives through more than 300 programs in the U.S. and more than 150 countries.

SOURCE Academy for Educational Development